Drystone dyking training day

Castletown Heritage Society operates the Castlehill Heritage Centre as an educational resource for visitors, local students and school children and the local community. Through a programme of interpretive exhibitions and interactive workshops, we seek to stimulate and sustain interest in and understanding of the history, heritage, vernacular skills, biodiversity and physical environment of Castletown and the parish of Olrig. Our aim is to preserve and maintain the unique heritage of our community within both local Caithness and broader Highland contexts.

To see events and activities from previous years, click here:

2012 2013 2015 2016

Guided village walk


All events take place in Castlehill Heritage Centre unless otherwise stated

Event detail colour key - those highlighted in GREEN are confirmed, those in GREY are yet to be confirmed

(Completed 2018 events in BLUE at bottom of listing)


Open every Wed, Sat and Sun afternoon from 2pm to 4pm

Flagstone Exhibition

Our very popular summer exhibition returns, featuring themed displays of artefacts, photographs and stories exploring the fascinating industrial and social history of the Flagstone Industry in Caithness.

From late June there will be an additional feature entitled “Formidable Females”. We are working in co-operation with Lythe Arts Centre to celebrate the 100 years since some women had the vote.

Monday evenings

7 - 9pm

Castlehill Artists

Our very popular painting workshop with Helen Moore.

Sessions run from 7pm - 9pm on Monday evenings at a cost of £8 per evening plus materials. Juniors and OAPs £5. Beginners are especially welcome

To find out more and register interest, click HERE


Sat 7 July

9am - 4pm

Smithing/Metalworking workshop

Learn the craft of metal working using traditional skills. Hands-on, full day workshop.

To find out more please email us.

Please note: This workshop is now fully subscribed


5, 12, 19, 26


2pm - 4pm

Cream Teas at Castlehill

Returning by popular demand, on every Sunday in August we will be serving Cream teas at Castlehill.

Delicious home made scones and cakes. Guaranteed to get the taste buds dancing!

A perfect way to complement a Sunday afternoon stroll round the Flagstone trail or a meander round the amazing Heritage Garden.

Sat 1 Sept


10am - 4pm

Land Marks

Join artist Joanne B Kaar to make a series of unique brooches inspired by the landscape. Suitable for beginners, this fun workshop will combine traditional string making techniques with contemporary design. £20 for a full day workshop.

During the workshop participants will each make around 10 brooches, ready to wear! Materials are included in the fee, but participants are welcome to bring along any small items such as threads, feathers, twigs, shells (which have holes in them ) and wire etc to incorporate into their unique brooches, making them more personal.

This is likely to be a popular event so please register interest early, please email us

Wednesday 26 December

1pm to 4pm

Boxing Day Mulled Wine & Mince Pies

Join us at Castlehill Heritage Centre for mulled wine, mince-meat pies and a good going chinwag on our traditional festive Boxing Day opening. Always a popular event!

Featuring Crofting and Farming exhibition. Plus! Revisit your childhood with our selection of our traditional children's games!


Nov - Feb

Open every Wed, Sat and Sun afternoon from 2pm to 4pm

Crofting and Farming Exhibition

Our very popular exhibition on crofting and farming in Caithness returns, featuring themed displays of artefacts, photographs and stories exploring life on the croft and changes in the lot of the farmer through time.


Open every Wed, Sat and Sun afternoon from 2pm to 4pm

Castletown and District Hits The Headlines

A display covering a multitude of press cuttings and general news dating back to the early 1900s. Natural occurrences, social and leisure, shocks, winners and losers and more.

Sat 24 February

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Geocaching Event

Castlehill heritage Centre held a Geocaching event on Saturday 24 February.

Image taken by Solitude, CC BY-SA 3.0

Sat 17

Sun 18

and Sat 25 March

10am - 12am

Pottery Workshops

Following the highly successful pottery workshops held last year a further series of three hands-on traditional skills pottery workshops will be held in March.

These highly popular workshops are already fully booked, but to find out more and register interest on the waiting list please click HERE. If sufficient interest is shown we may organise a further workshop for those new to pottery later in the year.

Tue 13 Feb

Tue 20 Mar

Wed 25 Apr

Winter series of Evening Talks

On Tuesday 13th February Muriel Murray presented “Following the Threads of History”. This was a fascinating glimpse into local history from Neolithic to the present through preserved fragments of textile and their ghosts! The news page for a full report.


On Tuesday 20th March F/Lt Don Mason RAF RV(Ret) presented a fascinating talk entitled “Their Past, Your Future”. Don Mason is a WW2 veteran who took part in the war as a pilot. He had a wonderful story to tell and also an exhibition to go with the talk. Now into his nineties he had a treasury of memories to share. See News page for full report on this event.

Following the AGM on Wednesday 25th April, Alan McIvor talked about Old St Peter’s Church in Thurso and the Church of Caithness. We all know the church is there but do we know much of it’s history. The talk was most informative and put the old church into context.

All talks took place in Castlehill Heritage Centre.

Wed 25 April


Castletown Heritage Society AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Castletown Heritage Society will be held in Castlehill Heritage Centre on Wednesday 25 April at 7.30pm.

All members, friends and associates welcome.

The guest speaker will be Alan McIvor, who will talk about Old St Peter’s Church in Thurso and the Church of Caithness. We all know the church is there but do we know much of it’s history? This informative talk will put the old church into context.

Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served thereafter.

Tue 8 May


Winter series of Evening Talks

The final talk took place on Tuesday 8 May (rescheduled from January) and was presented by Garance Warburton who will talk about the work of the Caithness archive and some of the archive material linked to Olrig Parish. This was an excellent opportunity to see these kind of documents that are kept in the archive.

All talks took place in Castlehill Heritage Centre.

Watch this space for confirmed dates and further details, alternatively:

CONTACT US by email or phone 01847 821120

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